Saturday, 1 June 2013

Film Review: Jack and Sarah

I've mentioned a couple of times (mostly during Liebster Award posts) that one of my favourite films is Jack And Sarah. It stars a whole host a well-known actors; Richard E. Grant, Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins and Ian McKellen and is basically a fluffy little rom-com.

I don't remember when I first saw it. It's circa. 1995, at which time I was nine, so Idoubt whether I was watching it then. I do know that by the time we got it on DVD I had seen it before, so I first saw it sometime between the age of nine and sixteen.

It tells the story of Jack (played by Richard E. Grant) whose wife dies whilst in childbirth. At first he rejects the baby until his parents and Sarah's mother leave the baby girl with him. He christens her Sarah and starts to get on with his life with her. Unfortunately work at a legal firm is a little bit tricky with a baby in tow so Jack's forced to find a nanny in the shape of Samantha Mathis's Amy, an American who happens to get fired from the cafe where Jack is dining.

Together they form an odd sort of blended family with Jack, Amy and William (played by Ian McKellen, who Jack found in his skip). And of course love blossoms.

It's a typical romantic comedy. You know from the beginning who is going to end up together; though there is another couple who you might not expect. One of my favourite bits is when Amy calls her mum to ask for help changing a 'diaper' and once she's reassured her mother that she's not had a baby and explained that she's a nanny, she has to tell her mum to stop laughing. It makes me giggle every time.

My view of it has changed over the years. I think now that I'm older I see it slightly differently; Mr Click is under strict instructions never to name a child after me if anything untoward happens. But it's still one of my favourites. The babies they used are so cute and it never fails to make me feel a little bit broody. I don't usually cry at films but there's a couple of bits that make my chest tight and then there's the wibbly bits where things are a little bit romantic. Plus I want to live in Jack's house.

It's one of my favourite films to watch when I'm feeling a bit under the weather and I'd recommend it for whenever you're in need of something a little bit fluffy. It doesn't take much thinking about and it's good fun.


  1. Aww yeah, I do like this one too :)

    1. I thought with Richard E. Grant in it it'd be one you'd seen. ;-)

    2. Haha definitely. I think I've seen most of his films from his 'heyday' But he'll always be Withnail to me. That said, I did like his Dr Seward in Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula

  2. I love this film, partly because it's so poignant and ends lovely, and partly because the first time I watched it was on a cosy weekend with all my family where everyone was in a good mood. :)

    1. I like how some films can remind you of when you first saw them.

      I can't watch King Kong (the newer one) without remembering when we saw it in the cinema and one of the people I was with threw his drink all the counter when he was paying and then dropped his popcorn all over the floor when we got seated, hehe.


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